150 Rebuilding Permits Already Submitted in Washington

Published 03/27 2014 10:41PM

Updated 03/28 2014 12:12AM

WASHINGTON - Few people are happier about the arrival of spring than the community of Washington.
This is the fourth month of recovery from November’s devastating tornado.
The community has been very busy, but efforts are picking up.
A few hundred people packed Evangelical United Methodist Church in Washington Thursday night. City officials discussed trash and debris removal, landscaping, and demolition.
However, the most notable news of the evening involved the number of people ready to start work on their homes. 150 residents have submitted permits to rebuild. That is more than 25 percent of damaged homes.
Mayor Gary Manier says it is a good sign that Washington will recover.
“We're well on our way to recover. I just keep cheering for those people that they keep the attitude they have," said Manier.
This city is also reconsidering its 2014-2015 budget. Normally, the budget process would be further along. But given the circumstances, the city administrator hopes to readopt a budget by after August.

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